caption An aerial view of San Francisco in October. source REUTERS/Stephen Lam New research found that the San Francisco Bay Area was sinking at a rate of up to 10 millimeters a year in certain areas. Coupled with a rising sea level, the sinking could mean that much more of the area will be vulnerable to flooding by the end of the century. Researchers say that beyond drastically reducing emissions, there’s not much we can do to stop it. As if there weren’t enough reasons to leave the San Francisco Bay Area, parts of it are sinking into the Pacific Ocean, new research has found. While scientists have long understood that the sea level is rising around the Bay Area, a new paper in the journal Science Advances says the land itself is sinking through a process called subsidence. The maps below show just how flooded San Francisco could be by the end of the century. Using satellites to measure the rate at which the land is sinking, the researchers found that it was about 2 millimeters a year for much of the city’s coast and about 10 a year for some sections. source NASA/JPL Subsidence occurs when the layers… Read full this story
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